The Staff Room with Chey and Pav
The In's and Out's of Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education.
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EP 87: Google Drawings and Mosaic Portraits

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EP 86: Are They MY Students? 

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EP85: Is There Value of Having Music in the Classroom?

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In this Amplify & Inspire episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk to Jael Richardson, best-selling author of the book, “Gutter Child” and Executive Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. They…

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In Episode 82 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Financial Literacy. It is a topic that has been newly added to the Math Curriculum in Ontario, and many teachers have scrambled on how to teach it, even though many agree that it should…

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In this Amplify & Inspire episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk to Pamala Agawa, Vice Principal in the York Region District School Board, and disruptor of Education from Ontario, Canada. They talk to Pam about the importance of learning…

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In this Amplify & Inspire episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk to Sunil Singh, Mathematician, author, disruptor and self-proclaimed music geek from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They talk to him about his work with Math in education, and…

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In this Amplify & Inspire episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk to Holly Stuart, Grade 8 IB Science & Design teacher from Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA. They talk to her about her experiences within Science and Technology, and also as a…

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In this Amplify & Inspire episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk to Debbie Donsky, Artist and Superintendent in the Toronto District School Board. They talk to her about her Sketchnoting, a particular style of artwork that she has shared…

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In this Bonus episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey & Pav go deeper into their themes of Amplify & Inspire with an incredible conversation with Noa Daniel, a teacher, consultant, and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks. She is also…

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In this Bonus episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey & Pav go deeper into their themes of Amplify & Inspire with an incredible conversation with Andrea Tessier, a teacher and wellness coach for educators. She is also the founder of Conscious…

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In this Bonus episode of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey & Pav go deeper into their themes of Amplify & Inspire with an incredible conversation with Dr. Ruth Beatty, Associate Professor at Lakehead University, and Colinda Clyne, Curriculum lead and host…

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In this inaugural episode from the AMPLIFY series of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk to two former students, siblings Zara and Rayan Rahman, as they discuss their non-profit initiative to provide essential PPE to front line and highly…

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E68: The New Virtual 
3 Enlightened Minutes Guest: Brad Hughes

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In Episode 67 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about their #OneWord fo 2021: AMPLIFY!
They start the episode by reflecting on their One Word for 2020, which was “US,” and then dive into the importance of the word Amplify. What it means for…

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For our 9th Bonus Episode, we feature author Dr. Brad Johnson, and his book “Dear Teacher: 100 Days of Inspirational Quotes and Anecdotes.” In this great talk, we talk to Brad about the inspirations behind this book, and also the rest of the work he…

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EP66: Why is it Important to De-Center Christmas in our Classrooms? 
3 Enlightened Minutes Guest: Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

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For our 8th Bonus Episode, we feature author Thomas C. Murray, and his book “Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime.” In this great talk, we discuss the many ways that the relationships that we build with our…

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For our 7th Bonus Episode, we feature author Matt Rhoads, and his book “Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Navigating Fall 2020 and Beyond” In this great talk, we discuss the many new realities that come with learning…

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EP63: Toxic Positivity – Is it a Thing?

3 Enlightened Minutes Guest: Arik Anderson

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For our 6th Bonus Episode, we feature author Dr. Frank Rudnesky, and his book “Fired Up Leadership.” In this great talk, we discuss all the reasons why Frank’s passions have led him to be the amazing leader that he is today. He takes us through his…

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In Episode 62 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about the importance of Meditation in the classroom space, and also how they have used it in their spaces this year. 

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In Episode 61 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about how we can elevate our integrated arts program with limited access to technology. Using a great activity to highlight the impacts of war on all the students of their classes, Chey and Pav…

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For our 5th Bonus Episode, we are feature author Adam Kotwoski, more affectionately known as Coach Adam, and his books “You Are Extraordinary” and “My Extraordinary ADHD.” In this great talk, we talk to Adam about learning how to help our students or…

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In Episode 60 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about how they have been using Math Talks in their programming, and how they have achieved some greater successes with their students within a subject area that normally causes their students…

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In Episode 59, Chey and Pav talk about Comic books – and how important they can potentially be in our reading programs! 

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For our 4th Bonus Episode, we are featuring authors Gary and Greg Goelz and their book “What’s in your Core?: An Educator’s Guide to Plugging into Purpose and Perspective.” In this great talk, we talk to Gary and Greg about the core principles that…

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In Episode 58 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about the importance of creating a questioning culture in our learning spaces. 

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For our 3rd Bonus Episode, we are featuring author Craig Randall and his book “Trust Based Observations: Maximizing Teaching and Learning Growth.” In this awesome conversation, we talk to Craig about his experiences with teacher observations. We have…

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In Episode 53 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Math and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The new Ontario Mathematics Curriculum includes SEL as one of the 6 major strands, and therefore there needs to be more of a conversation about…

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In Episode 52 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk an article that they read on Flipboard called, “New Study SHows Children Learn Better While Studying Outside,” by Matluba Khan. The article discusses the importance of students spending more…

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In Episode 51 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about the value of professional development that many teachers go through during their summer months. They talk about the shift they experienced from their summers in the past to this…

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For our 2nd Bonus Episode, we are featuring Author Hal Roberts and his book “Make Waves! Be a Relentless, Radical, and Ridiculous Leader of Significance”
In this awesome conversation, we speak with Hal about his experiences that led him to write this…

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In Episode 50 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken passed away earlier in the week, and his passing left Chey and Pav very reflective with his teaching philosophies and ideas towards education. He was a British…

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Chey and Pav participated in the Back-to-School edition of The Daily Drop-In, with Jeff Gargas & Rae Hughart from the Teach Better Team in early August, and this is the recorded audio from that awesome conversation! 
There was some great discussion…

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In Episode 49 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about an article they read called “The Curse of Helicopter Teaching” by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. In this article, the authors talk about this concept of “Helicopter Teaching” – the act…

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In Episode 48 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav discuss the need for teachers, administrators, students, custodians and families to Collaborate during this unprecedented time of going back to work. In Ontario, Chey and Pav are preparing to go…

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In Episode 47 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav discuss their best practices as teachers. They talk about what their fallbacks are, whether it is a certain pedagogy, a certain book or resource that they like to draw upon time and time again, or a…

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In Episode 46 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Sketch Notes! They discuss their experience, or lack thereof, with respect to Sketchnoting prior to learning more about it through individuals on Twitter. They talk about some of the…

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In Episode 45 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav discuss some of their concerns about what the return to school might look like. They start the episode by talking about how they should be planning for the start of the new school year, when they…

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In Episode 44 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav explore some of the amazing blogs written by teachers that they have used to help them learn about all things “education.” 
Chey and Pav highlight the benefits of using teacher voice to express…

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In Episode 43 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about where they find sources of inspiration for their Podcast episodes. They discuss two particular sources, a current events curating app called Flipboard, and an app that allows for easy…

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In Episode 42 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about The Power of the Book Talk. Chey and Pav participated in a fantastic Book Talk meeting with a group of educators and the author of the book “From the Ashes,” Jesse Thistle. During this…

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In Episode 41 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Moving On ceremonies for students that have graduated during the Remote Learning experience. They discussed how they set up their Virtual Graduation for their students leaving from Grade…

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In Episode 40 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the past school year, and all that it brought forth. They started the conversation by discussing what it was like for them as educators to start their own podcast. They discuss that they…

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In Episode 39 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the conversations in the past week, in regards to anti-racism and equity. They discuss some of the dialogue and discourse that they have engaged in, coupled with the real pain and emotion…

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In Episode 38 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the events of the past week, starting with the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and how it really changed the course of conversations in many spheres, including within…

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Pav reflects about performative allyship, and how we can move past it towards true allyship.

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In Episode 37 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the incredible work that has been done by teachers, students, administrators, families – in the face of crisis learning, in the hopes of moving towards remote learning. Education had to…

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Chey shares the ups and downs necessary to build something new and fresh

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In Episode 36 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav recap the chat conversation that was hosted by Education Never DIes on Twitter a few days prior. They use the chat as a way to work a little deeper into the topic of what conflict truly is. Chey and…

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In Episode 35 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the #EducationNeverDies chat they hosted a few days prior, on the topic of Grading versus Feedback. The conversation they had with all the attendees was very enlightening, and there were…

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Chey talks about embracing ones ego as an educator – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing!

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In Episode 34 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the importance of Perseverance and Resilience during this time of Distance Learning. Teachers must work towards resiliency as they climb up out of the valleys of the remote learning lows….

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Pav talks about some of her thoughts on being a Guide on the Side, and not a Sage on Stage, in regards to Professional Development, Leadership & Mentorship.

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In Episode 33 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on how we as teachers differ so greatly in our abilities to receive professional development. We are all on different paths with learning for our profession, and oftentimes, the perception…

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Chey talks about some of the principles guiding leadership during Distance Learning

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In Episode 32 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on how support teachers might be feeling a little on the outside, or on the fringe, during this time of remote learning. Support staff members, such as Rotary teachers, Special Education…

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Pav talks about the evolving ideas surrounding Leadership

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In episode 31 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on what is working in today’s remote teaching experience.  From staff meetings to lessons and student work, we have made valuable and important gains that have taken us on a new path towards…

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In Episode 30 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about establishing a connection with students in the new Online world of teaching. Going into this new way of teaching was, for many, very short notice and abrupt. There was no time to ease…

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Pav talks about taking care of ourselves, and focusing on making connections with our students before worrying about the content during times of difficulty.

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In Episode 29 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about the New Horizons that are emerging with new learning experiences becoming available to students through E-Learning platforms. The team talks about all the different ways that this new…

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Going beyond tech and the inequalities highlighted with COVID 19 Chey highlights being diligent and focused on finding more inequalities in our teaching spaces. Because they do exist.

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In Episode 28 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about their at-home learning environment for their kids. They discuss what the atmosphere has been like, what they have established as their schedule for the day, and what they predict…

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Pav talks about her breakthrough connection moment with students on the last day of school.

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For Episode 27, Chey and Pav go way out of the box to conduct their very first guest Interview on the podcast. And ultimately, it was an incredible guest! Evo Hannan, from the Agents for Agency global movement joined the Dynamic Duo to talk about his…

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Chey talks about the need to evolve during the current educational crisis

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In Episode 26, Chey and Pav talk about some of the challenges they faced this week when having to prepare for shutting schools down for preventative measures surrounding COVID-19. They discuss some of the Social Emotional learning that is affected…

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Pav commemorates International Women’s Day with some of her thoughts and feelings about the role of women in teaching.

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In Episode 25, Chey and Pav talk about poetry, and the evolution of the strand in their Language Arts programs. Poetry can be an area of the language program that some teachers don’t feel comfortable teaching, since it is such a topic of…

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In Episode 24, Chey and Pav reflect on a popular article that was in circulation this past week titled The 6 Habits of Super Learners. It was a fantastic article highlighting 6 areas to develop if trying to develop or learn a new skill. The duo…

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In Episode 23 of The Staffroom, Chey and Pav revisit the #EducationNeverDies Twitter chat they moderated a few days prior. The chat was centered around Teacher Voice – how to amplify it, why it is meaningful, what areas of the school do teachers feel…

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Pav refers back to a few comments and blog posts from the past week. https://onestepedu.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/wait-time/ https://schmittou.net/2020/02/11/the-tortoise-and-the-hare-does-speed-matter/…

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Chey’s reflects on how he has been pushed and who he has pushed

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In Episode 22, Chey and Pav talk about Introverted Learners, and how to accommodate for them appropriately in our classrooms. We all have students with varying learning styles in our rooms, and those with Introverted tendencies tend to experience the…

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In this episode, Chey and Pav discuss the idea that there might be too much technology in the classroom for students today, and that the abundance of it is taking away from students being able to engage in true Social Emotional Learning. They are…

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Pav talks about her own thoughts and feelings on Self-Care

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Chey’s talks about how he uses sticky notes to accommodate almost any task and thus is reminded that we are the greatest assets in our classrooms

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In Episode 20 of Season 1, Chey & Pav discuss the benefits of Explicit Teaching Strategies and Problem Based Learning Strategies. They talk about why it is important to understand that it is necessary to use both aspects in order to run a good program…

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Pav talks about some of the links she has made with lessons she has learned from Muay Thai to teaching

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In Episode 19, Chey and Pav talk about the benefit of using Textbooks in the classroom. They begin the episode by talking about the different ways that they use textbooks in the classroom. They discuss how teachers have evolved and have moved away…

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Chey talks about the value of learning Cursive Writing in middle school.

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Pav talks about her name – past, present, and possibly future.

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In Episode 18 of The Staffroom Podcast with Chey and Pav, the duo talks about Wellness in the classroom program, as well as a school-wide initiative.  They start the episode by talking about the importance of paying attention to student wellness, and…

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Chey talks about his ideas on Teacher “Legacy”

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In Season 1 Episode 17, Chey and Pav come back from Holiday Hiatus to record their first full-length episode of 2020, with the topic of #OneWord2020, an idea they came across on Twitter not too long ago. In this Episode, Chey and Pav reflect on their…

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Pav talks a little more in depth about her feelings on kindness in the teaching industry.

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Chey’s chats about how he wants to embed kindness in everything he does to facilitate rich meaningful conversations and learning.

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Reflecting on 4 months of podcasting and tweeting Chey articulates how his Vision has gained a laser focus

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In Episode 16, Chey and Pav follow up on their Twitter Edchat #TeachPos by talking about Positive and Authentic Feedback. They start the episode by recapping the chat that happened a few days prior, and discuss a little but about the topic and what…

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Chey and Pav discuss all the things that influence the development of a great School Vision, and how it can be implemented effectively with all the parties involved. 
For their 3 Enlightened Minutes Segment, Chey and Pav feature Megan Richardson and…

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Pav includes some students talking about their best teacher memories in this week’s interlude! 

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In Episode 14 of The Staffroom, Chey and Pav talk about what qualities they look for from the Administration in order to foster a positive school culture. They discuss 5 different qualities that they would like to see in the school leadership team, so…

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